- a country lass or working girl: The milkmaid was a healthy wench.
- Usually Facetious. a girl or young woman.
- Archaic. a strumpet.
- to associate, especially habitually, with promiscuous women.
Origin of wench
Examples from the Web for wenching
Their other chief hobby was, in the language of the time, wenching.
Why, is any business more public than drinking and wenching?Dryden's Works Vol. 3 (of 18)
Heads of colleges, reverend clerics, and holders of Fellowships must all answer to the charge of wenching.
Mdrie Gautruche was one of the wenching, idling, vagabond workmen who make their whole life a Monday.Germinie Lacerteux
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
- a girl or young woman, esp a buxom or lively one: now used facetiously
- archaic a female servant
- archaic a prostitute
- archaic to frequent the company of prostitutes
Word Origin and History for wenching
"to associate with common women," 1590s, from wench (n.). Related: Wenched; wenching.
late 13c., wenche "girl or young woman," shortened from wenchel "child" (12c.), from Old English wencel, probably related to wancol "unsteady, fickle, weak," and cognate with Old Norse vakr "child, weak person," Old High German wanchal "fickle." The word degenerated through being used in reference to servant girls, and by mid-14c. was being used in a sense of "woman of loose morals, mistress."
The wenche is nat dead, but slepith. [Wyclif, Matt. ix:24, c.1380]